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San Francisco Signs (page 3)

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First Baptist Church
San Francisco, CA
Parkview Market
San Francisco, CA
Ghirardelli Chocoloate Company
San Francisco, CA
This First Baptist Church sign appears to be from either the 1950s or, more likely, earlier than that. For more, see this website. [map]

The Parkview Market sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company was founded in San Francisco in 1852. This sign, with its 15 foot tall letters, was installed on the roof of their factory in 1923. Red and green bulbs are installed in the letter "G" during the Christmas season. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

View Alcatraz
San Francisco, CA
Harbor King
San Francisco, CA
This replica of the View Alcatraz sign was installed around 2013. The previous sign was probably from the 1950s and had a lot of rust. It is owned by the Red and White Fleet. For more, see this website. [map]

The Harbor King sign was installed in 1950 over the ticket booth for the Red & White Fleet. The company was established in 1892 and offers Bay cruises. The sign revolved originally and may have had neon. It was repainted sometime after 2012. This photo is from 2014. [map]

Alioto's
San Francisco, CA
Alioto's started out as a fresh fish stall at Fisherman's Wharf in 1925. The restaurant opened in 1938 and expanded in 1950. In 1957, a second story was added to the building. That same year, the building was destroyed by a fire. It was completely rebuilt. I don't know if this fish sign was saved or if it was rebuilt at that time. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Fisherman's Grotto
San Francisco, CA
Fisherman's Grotto opened in 1935 as the first sit-down restaurant at Fisherman's Wharf. These signs were built by the mid-1950s. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. [map]

Nite Cap
San Francisco, CA
Tony's Cable Car Restaurant
San Francisco, CA
The Nite Cap bar sign is probably from the 1950s. After being closed for a number of years, the bar reopened in 2014. The sign's neon has been restored. [map]

Tony's Cable Car Restaurant opened in 1972. This place was probably known as the Cable Car Restaurant or the Cable Car Drive-in before that. This sign appears to be from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Philosopher's Club
San Francisco, CA
Ambassador Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Hotel Jefferson
San Francisco, CA
Sears Fine Food
San Francisco, CA
The Philosopher's Club opened in 1960. This sign is either from then or it was reworked from a previous business. For more, see this website. [map]

The Ambassador Hotel was built as the Ferris Harriman Theater and Hotel in 1911. It was renamed the Hotel Ambassador in 1923 and the theatre was converted into a garage. This sign was installed sometime after 1930. There was previously a tall blade sign installed at this spot of the building. [map]

The Hotel Jefferson opened in 1906. This sign is probably from the 1930s or so. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Sears Fine Food opened in 1938. The restaurant moved to this location in 1964. I believe this sign was moved from the previous location. It appears to be from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Pacific Bay Inn
San Francisco, CA
Goodin Realty
San Francisco, CA
Lombard
Plaza Motel
San Francisco, CA
The Pacific Bay Inn was built in 1907 as the Hotel Proctor. Two years later, it became the Miles Hotel. In 1923, it was renamed the Sequoia Hotel. In 1984, the name was changed to the Pacific Bay Inn. The sign is probably from the 1920s or 1930s. The bottom panels were evidently changed with the hotel's name was changed. The letters on the blade part of the sign may have been changed as well. [map]

The Goodin Realty sign displays "Goodin" on one side and "Realty" on the other. I suspect the sign revolved at one time. The business is long gone but this sign remains. For more, see this website. [map]

The Lombard Plaza Motel opened in 1950. This sign appears to be from then. This photo is from 2014. In 2016, the neon letters were replaced with backlit plastic letters. For more, see this website. [map]

Mayes
Oyster House
San Francisco, CA
Hotel Hartland
San Francisco, CA
Yale Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Elk Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Mayes Oyster House was established in 1867 as George Mayes Oyster Saloon & Chophouse. The restaurant was destroyed in the earthquake and fire in 2006. It then moved from California St. to its current Polk St. location. This sign has been there since at least 1953. The bottom of the sign originally read: "Oyster House; Since 1867." For a short time, Mayes closed and another restaurant, the Axum Cafe, occupied the space. The Axum Cafe built metal frames over the Mayes sign and added their own panels. After Axum closed, Miles O'Reilly's Holy Grail opened in the space. When Mayes reopened, the newer sign panels were removed but the frames surrounding the original Mayes sign were left behind. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Hotel Hartland was built in 1913 as the Hotel Gartland. This sign is probably from the 1920s. The hotel was renamed sometime after 1954. Before the sign was restored between 2011 and 2013, the faded brown paint still revealed the letter "G" behind the "H". The sign must have had a tin border around the edges of the panels originally. This photo is from 2014. For more, see this website. [map]

The Yale Hotel was built in 1911. This sign is probably pre-1950s. The sign was restored around 2012. It was previously black and white. This photo is from 2014. For more, see this website. [map]

The Elk Hotel was built in 1911 as the Hotel Revere. I believe it was renamed the Elk Hotel around 1923. This sign is probably from then. The sign was painted from in 1995. The letter "O" was hanging by a thread in 2011 and gone by 2012. This photo is from 2014. [map]

Pickwick Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Columbia Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Odd Fellows Temple
San Francisco, CA
Hotel Alder
San Francisco, CA
Aida Plaza Hotel
San Francisco, CA
The Pickwick Hotel was built in 1926. This sign is probably from then. This photo is from 2014. In 2015, the sign was painted black. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This Columbia Hotel sign might have been a 1950s replacement for a slightly fancier, earlier blade sign. [map]

This Odd Fellows Temple was built in 1909. This sign was built in the 1950s. [map]

The Hotel Alder sign is probably from the 1950s or earlier. [map]

The Aida Plaza Hotel was built in 1912 as the Federal Hotel. The text at the top of this sign appears modern. I don't know how long ago the name was changed or if there was another name before it became the Aida. This sign appears to be from the 1950s or earlier. For more, see this website. [map]

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